Our Time in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Most famous for its access to the nearby Angkor temples, Siem Reap is an extremely popular tourist destination. We really enjoyed our time in Siem Reap and would love to share the details of our stay.

Getting There

We took a bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap quite painlessly. After our good experience with Mekong Express, we decided to book with them again. Their online website made it easy to purchase tickets. They even picked us up from our hotel. The bus ride took about 6 hours.

Once we arrived at the Siem Reap bus station, they had a legit tuk tuk system. We told the man in charge where we wanted to go, negotiated a price, and he assigned us a driver. We got to our hotel for $3.

Accommodation

We stayed at Eureka Villas for $24/night and absolutely recommend it.

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It was so nice to come back to this peaceful oasis after a long day of temple exploring. This hotel has a great location: walking distance from the night market and pub street, but tucked away on a side street that provides peace & quiet. It also has a gorgeous pool, spacious rooms with A/C and wifi.

See if it’s available here.

Tip: If you stay here, buy your water/snacks from the market that’s on the same road as the hotel for much cheaper prices.

Eat/Drink

Lilypop

This restaurant is amazing. We went there the first night because it’s so close to our hotel and on the way to the night market. With great service and almost-local prices, we ended up coming back for more!

Pete liked the Khmer curry; I liked the Amok
Pete liked the Khmer curry (bottom); I liked the Amok (top)

Tip: If this restaurant is packed and has a long wait, try the restaurant immediately next door for a good alternative.

Siv Long

The bartender at our hotel recommended this local restaurant, and it ended up being Pete’s favorite meal of Cambodia.

Top: Pete's red curry; Bottom: My yellow curry
Top: Pete’s red curry; Bottom: My yellow curry

Pub Street

Pub Street Siem Reap

Pub street was really fun and chaotic. There are many bars on this street and in the surrounding area. Here are some bars that we either went to & liked, or heard good things about, from west to east:

  • Tuk Tuk Bar
  • Island Bar
  • Picasso Bar & Tapas
  • Asana Bar
  • Miss Wong
  • Laundry Bar

Do/See

Night market

This was my favorite market of SE Asia so far. The prices were the cheapest I’ve found, and they had a pretty great range of products. I got 3 pairs of pants for $10, but you can definitely get them for $1.50 each if you go to the right places.

Tip: If you’re walking south on Angkor Night Market St, peruse the stalls that are furthest from the Island bar (closest to Bugs Cafe) for cheaper prices than the other end of the street.

Temples

Angkor Wat, the crown jewel
Angkor Wat, the crown jewel

This is the no-brainer of Siem Reap. Here’s some info to help you explore the nearby temples.

Which Pass to Get

Angkor Temple SIem Reap

There are different types of passes: $20/person for a one-day tour, or $40 for a three-day tour. There are also 7-day tours (not sure on the price). We decided to buy the three-day tour, since we had 4 nights in Siem Reap and figured it was worth it even just to go for 2 days. We enjoyed having the 3 day pass because we didn’t feel super rushed while touring the temples.

Tip: If you buy the 1 day pass, you can visit the temples at 5pm the day before. This means you can visit Angkor Wat at sunset the day before your full-day tour.

Getting Around: Tuk Tuk

Our driver taking a quick nap in between temple stops
Our driver taking a quick nap in between temple stops

Tuk tuks are the best way to see the temples. They cost $15 for a “normal” day, and $20 for a sunrise tour. Note that we went during off-season, so it may cost slightly more during high season.

If you are only buying a one-day pass, you should consider the sunrise tour for that day. If you are buying a three-day pass, we’d suggest you do what we did and do a “normal” day for the first day and save the sunrise tour for the second day.

Tuk tuks are extremely convenient. They will pick you up from your hotel and basically take care of everything for you, from buying the passes to taking you to all the temples, without you needing to do any research or hard work 🙂

Check out more of our temple hopping pictures here!

Have any questions with Siem Reap? Disagree with any of our recommendations, or have any to add? Let us know below!

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